First time introductions are make-it or break-it moments. For organizations and individuals alike, a strategic introduction can reveal vision, inspire on-lookers, and captivate an audience.
That’s the kind of introduction to our community that we want for Renovation Church.
Jesus understood this concept as well. Unveiling the Father’s plan through a series of strategic moments, he was not only introducing God’s new initiative to reach humanity, but he would change the path for all who followed behind in his footsteps.
While only one example of Jesus’ incredible teaching moments, Luke 5:1-11 highlights one of the greatest, most captivating introductions by Jesus—His calling of the first disciples. It was just the beginning of many great things to come. Leveraging environment and an audience to his advantage,
"He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.' Simon answered and said, 'Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.' When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, 'Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!' For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.' When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him."
Jesus knew their story, cared about their journey, desired to have a loving relationship with them—no matter what their past. Jesus invited them on the journey of fishing for men and they said yes. It was an all-in, make-it or break-it moment.
This story speaks volumes into who Jesus is for, and gives clarity to the way in which he intends for us to go about getting the mission accomplished. Jesus still invites the ordinary, under-qualified, overlooked people—to accomplish his greatest work of reconciling humanity to himself. What a testimony of God’s love, grace, and mercy.
At Renovation Church we’re all about the mission of reconciling humanity to God through Jesus Christ. We’re praying that our opportunities of introduction last way beyond any individual or event. We get to introduce people to the greatest story ever told and the greatest love ever known! And a bonus? We don’t just get the opportunity to tell it, but we get to show it to the community we love. It's our desire that the community of Hampstead see that we know them, care for them, and understand that Jesus desires a relationship with every man, woman, and child.
It's an all-in moment for us as we say yes to the mission God has for Renovation. Mark it down: this moment will be unlike any other in our history as a church.
Let's give our community something to talk about: a church that's here to serve and love our community with the love of Jesus!
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